“I Know There’s a Devil”: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Krayzie Bone Finds Religion

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By Jimmy Ness | Vice.com February 03. 2016 Krayzie Bone’s lightning cadence still blazes through the haunting darkness of E.1999 Eternal. On the 1995 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony classic, Krayzie dubbed himself “Mr. Sawn Off Leathaface” as tribute to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s lead psychopath. Since, the rapper, real name Anthony Henderson, crafted himself as an iconic […]

Mos Def held on immigration charges in South Africa, family ordered out

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Maria Puente | USA TODAY 12:35 p.m. EST January 20, 2016 The American-born artist formerly known as Mos Def was formally charged with using a fake passport in South Africa, where he and his family have been living illegally since 2014, South African officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, he’s enlisted Kanye West to help defend him, […]

Unearthing the Secret History of ‘LA’s Deadliest Punk Rock Gang’

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By Patrick Lyons | Vice.com January 17, 2016 Punk music changed forever when it hit LA. Tempos became faster, bands became meaner, violence began to spiral out of control. Rose-tinted history remembers the revolutionary effect of punk culture—the DIY ethos, resistance to police harassment, widely influential music—but what’s largely forgotten is the body count it […]

Lecrae Drops New Mixtape, ‘Church Clothes 3’

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By Niki Gatewood | Allhiphop.com January 15, 2016 (AllHipHop News) The lyrically adept, Lecrae, has released the latest project from his mixtape series, Church Clothes 3. Today (Jan 15), the Grammy award-winning MC shares the new music from the 10-track ‘tape. S1 was tapped to serve as executive producer on the project The beatsmiths, GAWVI […]

Danny Trejo talks vegan tacos at the new Trejo’s Tacos on La Brea

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Jenn Harris | LA Times January 12, 2015 If you’ve driven down La Brea Avenue near Olympic Boulevard over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed a big sign for Trejo’s Tacos, featuring the face of actor Danny Trejo, that cool guy from the “Machete” movies and “From Dusk Till Dawn.” This is […]

Netflix’s Making a Murderer: the directors explain what many have missed about the series

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By Todd VanDerWerff | Vox.com January 11, 2016 This is the complicated message about the American legal system viewers have overlooked. Netflix’s Making a Murderer — a bleak, somber true crime documentary that consists mainly of courtroom footage — has become an unexpected sensation. The series, which traces the story of Wisconsinite Steven Avery, uses […]

Blac Youngsta Stopped By Police After Withdrawing $200,000 From His Account

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By Paul Meara | Hip Hop DX January 09th 2016 Blac Youngsta triggered police suspicion after leaving a Wells Fargo bank. Blac Youngsta was stopped outside of an Atlanta bank yesterday (January 8) after police suspected him of being a person who was passing bad checks. The Yo Gotti signee wasn’t however, and police had […]

Vince Staples Explains Influence Of Snoop Dogg & Gang Culture On Long Beach

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By Victoria Hernandez | HipHopDX January 08th 2016 Vince Staples explains the systemic structure of gang culture in Long Beach, California. Vince Staples appeared on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” yesterday (January 7) and spoke about life growing up in Long Beach, California. He explained the influence of Snoop Dogg’s music on the youth of the city. […]

Tupac Shakur’s emotional letter from jail selling for $225K

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By Ian Mohr | Page Six October 4, 2015 | 8:45pm A personal letter handwritten by hip-hop star Tupac Shakur while he was locked up on sexual assault charges shortly before he was killed is going up for sale for $225,000. The notorious rapper had declared in a 1995 jailhouse interview — after surviving a […]

The Story of How Pimp C Ended up in Prison

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By Julia Beverly | Vice.com September 25, 2015 VICE is exploring America’s prison system in the week leading up to our special report with President Obama for HBO. Tune in Sunday, September 27, at 9 PM EST, to see his historic first-ever presidential visit to a federal prison. Throughout the second half of the 1990s, […]

“It’s Like Hell”: Ty Dolla $ign Discusses His Brother’s Incarceration and Its Role on His Album ‘Free TC’

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By Eric Sundermann and Kyle Kramer | vice.com September 24, 2015 VICE is exploring America’s prison system in the week leading up to our special report with President Obama for HBO. Tune in Sunday, September 27, at 9 PM EST, to see his historic first-ever presidential visit to a federal prison. Some of hip-hop’s biggest […]

A Notorious Harlem Drug Lord Turned Witness Is Supposedly Out of Prison

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By Seth Ferranti | vice.com September 14, 2015 The name Alberto “Alpo” Martinez tends to elicit strong reactions. He’s been celebrated as a street legend of epic proportions—an iconic figure out of hip-hop mythology who was played by the rapper Cam’ron in the movie Paid in Full. At the same time, Alpo is often reviled […]